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Kingston Bridge, Glasgow

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The Kingston Bridge is a balanced cantilever dual-span ten lane road bridge made of triple-cell segmented prestressed concrete box girders crossing the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland.Carrying the M8 motorway through the city centre, the Kingston Bridge is one of the busiest road bridges in Europe, carrying around 150,000 vehicles every day.HistoryThe name of the bridge referred to the erstwhile Kingston Dock which was located on the south bank of the river. It had been completed in 1867 between Windmillcroft Quay and the former headquarters of the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society on Morrison Street in Tradeston, adjacent to where the bridge now stands. It was Glasgow's first enclosed dock. The dock was eventually closed to navigation in 1966, when work began on the construction of the Kingston Bridge; the basin was subsequently filled in and apartments built on the site. At the time of construction, however, the Clyde Port Authority still insisted that the bridge have a clearance height of 18 m (60 ft) in order to allow dredgers to go upstream as far as the King George V Bridge. The bridge was designed by William Fairhurst and built by Logan-Marples Ridgway.
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  • It's an ugly concrete bridge, but it keeps the traffic flowing (mostly), and Glasgow would grind to a halt without it. It opened in the early 70's, and it has always seemed to be being repaired for as...  more »
  • Glasgow is a major headache to traverse from south to north as we travel onwards to Stirling, except that the M8 motorway runs through the centre of the city, so easing the stress of navigating throug...  more »
  • Ok..another bridge. I only review as for the photographer in you ..interesting shots to be taken, especially underneath if you are walking the Clyde. Not much more to say really !  more »
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